Canadian Ambassador to the United States says border changes will remain

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TORONTO – Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, has said there is no reason to ease restrictions on the Canada-U.S. Land border anytime soon. Speaking to CTV’s Power Play on Friday, Hillman stressed that either country is not ready to ease border restrictions until 2021.

“The way we see the progression of the virus – at this time, there is no reason to significantly change the measures in place,” Hillman said Friday.

The agreement to close the Canada-U.S. Border was due to expire on October 21, but the Canadian government has announced an extension until at least November 21.

“The facts on the ground regarding the virus will dictate our choices and the current facts call for the measures to be kept as they are,” she said.

When asked if the Canadian Embassy gets a refusal from the United States regarding the restrictions, she said both Canada and the United States are happy because the measures do what they are supposed to do – limit the spread of COVID-19.

“I have conversations with the US administrations probably every two weeks on the border issue and on the question of what measures we have in place,” Hillman said.

“The measures were designed to limit non-essential travel, while allowing the free flow of business travel and commerce and essential travel and workers,” she said.

The current agreement to close the Canada-U.S. Border to non-essential travel was first imposed in March and has been renewed every month since.

Hillman said she recognizes the hardships the border closures place on families.

“We make adjustments from time to time to accommodate the small boarding communities,” Hillman said.

Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited, although commerce and commerce are exempt, as are some family members and loved ones who may plead on compassionate grounds to be allowed entry into Canada.

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